Radio Totally Normal Toronto, or RTNT for short, is a voice for community mental health; produced by the members and staff of Progress Place, a mental wellness clubhouse in downtown Toronto.
Episode 28 was hosted by RTNT’s Susan on April 8, 2020. This month we’re focusing on Mental health and self-isolation.
The episode was recorded using an online platform and all the participants were in their own homes to comply with the social distancing recommendation. We focused the conversation on how we can protect our mental health during this COVID19 pandemic outbreak and the strategies that we can use to stay connected even when we can't leave our homes.
The participants of this conversation, members and staff of Progress Place, share their ways to cope with self-isolation and how they stay informed trying to avoid "fake news" and misinformation.
In the era of Social Media, a lot of unverified information can cause confusion and can reduce the effectiveness of public health advice
The World Health Organization created the term “infodemic” to refer to this misinformation that can have real health effects on many people, especially in a population that already struggles with mental health issues.
Also, during this episode we share some resources that anyone can access for mental health support.
Progress Place Warm Line have extended their hours to offer support to anyone feeling isolated or needing a friendly chat during these times.
Between 12pm - 8pm, Call 416-323-3721
Between 8pm - Midnight, Call 416-960-WARM (9276)
You can also chat online on warmline.ca
Thank you to our listeners, and we want to let you know that you are not alone. During these uncertain times, stay connected with a community that supports you can help us go through the worry and overwhelming news. We are here for you.
To learn more about RTNT or listen to previous episodes please check out our website radiototallynormaltoronto.org
Also, the show is now streaming on Spotify, Apple Podcast, and Google Podcast if you search up Radio Totally Normal Toronto.